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A dangerous habit can lead to "permanent blindness"!

From glaucoma to age-related macular degeneration, there are plenty of eye diseases that may deprive you of the blessing of sight.   Worse still, one expert warns that a particular practice may pose a significant risk to vision by increasing the risk of such conditions.

 



From glaucoma to age-related macular degeneration, there are plenty of eye diseases that may deprive you of the blessing of sight.


Worse still, one expert warns that a particular practice may pose a significant risk to vision by increasing the risk of such conditions.


Sujata Paul, Head of Clinical Professional Services and Contact Lens Optician at Lenstore, explained the "often forgotten" effects of smoking on the eyes.


This damage not only includes traditional cigarettes, but also e-cigarettes can be harmful, so the idea of abandoning the former and compensating it for the second will not protect your eyes.


Paul added: "Tobacco smoking is known and has been shown to have many negative effects on the body, including eyesight. From a short-term perspective, tobacco smoke can also cause dry eye syndrome, resulting in eye irritation and pain. "


When it comes to long-term risks, here comes the role of "permanent sight loss."


The expert added: "Smoking can increase the risk of serious eye diseases that in some cases may lead to permanent vision loss, including age-related macular atrophy, cataract and blue water."


Electronic smoke is not better because it causes oxidative stress of the eyes.


Paul continued: 


"Oxidative stress occurs when there is a dysfunction in your oxygen levels. Like anywhere else in the body, additional stress can have negative effects on health. Over time, vaping will increase the risk of cataract, macular degeneration and even glaucoma. "


"Glaucoma lowers eyesight and can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated."


What is glaucoma?


  • According to the NHS, glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, is damaged.
  • Worse still, this eye condition can lead to loss of sight if not captured early.
  • Unfortunately, glaucoma is characterized by a lack of warning signs, which makes it difficult to detect.


The situation tends to develop slowly over many years. However, there are some symptoms that glaucoma patients may experience, such as severe eye pain, vomiting and nausea, redness of the eye, headache, seeing rings around the lights or seeing confused.


It is necessary to visit an eye specialist if you have any vision problems.


Paul added: "If you start to observe changes in your eyesight such as blurry spots in your central vision, the need for more light to read and the onset of wavy straight lines, eye screening is usually the most effective way to detect any eye diseases early."